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Kenya Marks 54th Independence Anniversary

 

Kenya will today mark 54 years of self rule after gaining independence from Britain.

The national fete, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, will be held at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, in the capital Nairobi while regional celebrations will be held in the other 46 county headquarters.

Kenyans started trickling in to Kasarani for celebrations on early Tuesday morning, with gates opening at 7am.

DIGNITARIES

Security at the stadium was tight, with those getting in being frisked by security officers.

Vehicles getting into the venue were also searched.

According to Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe several dignitaries will attend the national fete in Nairobi.

Jamhuri

The military parade and the ceremonial trooping of the colour be conducted by the Airforce Command from Moi Airbase in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi dances with Wagberi traditional dancers during Jamhuri Day celebrations at Wajir stadium.

The Air Force will also host the President’s Guard of Honour and lead other armed and disciplined forces in a March past as well as pull off the flypast.

Samburu dancers entertain guests during Jamhuri celebrations at Isiolo stadium.

Those in attendance will be treated to a variety of entertainment— including live performances by local artistes, cultural songs and dances.

Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia at Mirangine grounds for Jamhuri celebrations

The culmination of the celebrations will be President Kenyatta’s address to the nation.

Police officers march during Jamhuri Day celebrations at Wajir stadium.

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It will be his first national day function following his swearing-in on November 28 for his second and final term after the Supreme Court upheld his re-election in the October 26 fresh presidential poll.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga and Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia at Dedan Kimathi Stadium for Jamhuri Day celebrations.

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On Sunday, Nasa leaders “postponed” their “swearing-in” of their leader and presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka as ‘The People’s President’ and his deputy, respectively, under pressure from foreign diplomats and religious leaders.

Kilifi County Commissioner Magu Mutindika acknowledges a parade by security teams at Karisa Maitha gardens in Kilifi town.

Jamhuri

President Kenyatta’s speech is expected to focus on the just-concluded prolonged electioneering period, free day secondary education, unity of purpose for all Kenyans, security and infrastructural development.

Part of the crowd at Kasarani during Jamhuri celebrations.

It was a slow start for the celebrations at the Kenyan coast.

Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja (right) and County Commissioner Kula Hache lead Jamhuri fete at Dawson Mwanyumba stadium Wundanyi.

In Mombasa, residents streamed to the historic Tononoka grounds for the fete that will be graced by regional and county chiefs.

Mau Mau war veterans entertain guests during Jamhuri Day celebrations at Kathwana Primary School in Tharaka -Nithi.

Security was tight at the venue located in a region perceived to be an opposition stronghold.

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